When you are in acute low-back pain – when your back is locked down and your pain level is a 9 out of 10 – can massage help?
The short answer: Yes.
Massage can definitely help. I have many clients who benefit greatly from regular massage to help keep their backs healthy and from treatment massage when their backs are acting up.
But if you are in the midst of a fresh and acute episode of low-back pain, you may get more relief from a self-healing coaching session than from a conventional massage session.
How Massage and Self-Care Work Together
Massage is great for getting tight muscles to relax, but when your body is in crisis mode due to pain in your low pack, loosening tight muscles may not always be the best approach.
Nowadays – after 20 years in practice – I am very conservative in my care of folks who show up in my massage office with acute low-back pain. Even with this cautious approach, about once every other year or so someone will get off of my massage table in more pain than when they arrived.
I feel horrible when that happens. And I do all that I can to ensure that happens as infrequently as possible.
So, if you come in for an appointment while your back is locked up, don’t be surprised if I spend as much time on getting you moving as I do on massaging the achy spots.
If you have any questions about how massage can help your low-back pain, just let me know.
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